Athena joined Meridian in February 2014 after receiving her M.A. in Museum Studies from The George Washington University. With her previous four years of collaborative administration, fundraising, marketing, and communications experience, Athena has brought strong academic and professional skills to her work at Meridian, where she closely supports the management and development of Meridian’s cultural exchanges and exhibitions for U.S. and foreign governments. She also serves as the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy’s representative on Meridian’s Communications and Social Media Teams, highlighting and bringing greater awareness to MCCD programs and accomplishments.
Along with her M.A. in Museum Studies, Athena received her B.A. in Archaeology from Tufts University and has worked in various professional capacities in a number of cultural organizations. She has also participated in archaeological field work in New Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as part of a research project funded by a National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant, as well as at the Bronze Age site of Guicheng in Shandong Province, China, with Columbia University. Her expertise includes exhibition design and development, collections and records management, audience awareness, and exhibition scriptwriting and editing, along with a broad background in subjects such as fine art, culture, anthropology, and archaeology. Athena is fluent in Mandarin and is conversational in Spanish.